Apple and Microsoft in bed, plotting Android

Posted on Aug 4 2011 - 9:50am by Martin Gicheru
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The rate at which the android platform is growing is fast, 500,000 devices being activated each day is not a simple thing. This means one thing to the 39 manufacturers profiting from android devices, and another to Apple and Microsoft, who have been sworn enemies from time immemorial. This hostility seems to have subsided or softened due to a new common enemy and we see Microsoft, Apple and Oracle suing android device makers over patents.

They’re doing this by banding together to acquire Novell’s old patents (the “CPTN” group including Microsoft and Apple) and Nortel’s old patents (the “Rockstar” group including Microsoft and Apple), to make sure Google didn’t get them; seeking $15 licensing fees for every Android device; attempting to make it more expensive for phone manufacturers to license Android (which we provide free of charge) than Windows Phone 7; and even suingBarnes & Noble, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung. Patents were meant to encourage innovation, but lately they are being used as a weapon to stop it.

Says David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Google

Drummond says the three companies intend to make it harder for manufacturers to sell android devices by fighting through litigation. Google is determined to preserve Android as a competitive choice for consumers, by stopping those who are trying to strangle it. They are looking for ways to reduce what they term as anti-competitive threats against Android by adding patents to their portfolio, to safeguard the cost for the android powered device.

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is the Managing Editor at Techweez, he has a passion for consumer technology and the ecosystems around it. You will find him interested mostly about mobile phones, mobile operating systems, application stores, social media and internet business. He does the mobile phone reviews on this site. He loves watching animations movies and series like Garfield. Follow him at @martingicheru on Twitter and Google+, he doesnt bite.

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  • Philos Llyoid Mudis

    Some sort of competition getting ugly I guess. I know Microsoft and Apple are not contented with what Google has done or is currently doing – because it is the undoing of the two old companies.

    Instead of trying to intimidate Google, they should focus on coming up with better products or strategies that can beat those of Google.

    • Chege

      Its a wild world out there.

    • Rmkimathi

      The good thing is that Android will never be beaten …. not with Huawei and other Chinese manufacturers coming up with smart phones for as low as Kshs 8,000

      I love Open Source, Linux, Android ……. Ubuntu! Linux Mint! XBMC! Handbrake! …. Open Source is superior!!